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Wednesday
Apr022008

Katya de Grunwald


I remember first seeing Katya de Grunwald's work in Elle Decoration a few years back. It was a series of photographs with an African riff, the ones below. My pages of that magazine are dog eared because I loved those images so much. Imagine how I felt when I came upon her website and found even more of her amazing work. Love it. Love the light, love the composition and the other worldliness you find in her images. Just love it!

Wednesday
Apr022008

Jan Baldwin


Another portfolio you just have to check out! London based photographer Jan Baldwin has captured beautiful rooms, interesting places, travel destinations and fabulous food. She has shot campaigns for the likes of Osborne & Little, produced editorial work for World of Interiors and House and Garden and has a swag of beautiful books. Take the time to experience her wonderful photography!

Tuesday
Apr012008

FLUXinteriors


London-based FLUXinteriors is a totally wacky, totally creative interior design firm that does it all, including architecture, landscapes, furniture and artwork. The artwork is what has me in such awe. Many examples are in these photos and more on their website. It's so refreshing to see design that isn't following the latest trends, and isn't what you'd find in every shelter magazine.

Tuesday
Apr012008

Kitchen island lighting

Jo posted some bathroom inspiration earlier today and now it's time for kitchens. Heather wrote us recently looking for help with kitchen lighting:
"Kitchens are king. They are the both the heart of the house and give it soul. I am renovating a 110 year old townhouse in New York City and my future kitchen will have a center island, as most American kitchens have these days. I am stuck for lighting over the island. I have seen a million beautiful fixtures, antiques, industrial, and modern styled in addition to recessed (yuck); usually there are two or three pieces over the island lighting the area for eating or preparing food. I believe antique lighting over an island is current decor but I am interested in what is next so that my kitchen looks different but classic. Perhaps there is a throw back idea I have not seen. What are the other options for lighting this area? What do other countries do for lighting in the kitchen? Maybe something like lamp lighting. I don't know, I just wonder what options are out there." I personally LOVE vintage pendants over an island but there are many options. I'm not sure how feasible a lamp is, because they don't direct light right onto the work surface like most pendants do. Chandeliers seem to be gaining in popularity, for some extra sparkle and glamour. Here are some photos to inspire Heather and anyone else looking for kitchen island lighting.

Bo BedreHouse and Garden
Ghislaine ViñasMetropolitan Home
Fox Nahem DesignCivility Design
Nicole SassamanWoodson and Rummerfield
Ghislaine ViñasJamo Associates
William McIntoshDiana Viñoly
DécormagHomes & Gardens
Michael SmithNew York Magazine

Tuesday
Apr012008

When white tile is right tile


"I'm Lucy from The Design Files in Melbourne... I am writing with a request for you guys... I am renovating my bathroom. It is on the small side and we're doing a complete makeover (ie new EVERYTHING!) as it's in a pretty bad state! We are also incorporating the laundry into the bathroom concealed behind cupboard doors. I need inspiration! Mainly I am torn when it comes to tiles - I am leaning towards dark charcoal tiles on the floor and white on the walls... but my partner says white is boring. I tend to agree but the room is small and I just feel it would brighten it up and make it feel bigger. Blah. I would love some inspiration if you have time to round up some images of contemporary bathrooms!!!" Lucy I thought I'd start with some white tile bathrooms, all small and contemporary, not always with dark floors but all very affordable and stylish. Give me a break though. It took me forever to find enough pictures. All my files are stuffed with colour! More of those in the future. Today it's all about white is right!

Lisa Cohen PhotographerWolveridge Architects
Bolig Magasinetifi.no
Modern LivingLuce Et Studio
Cossman DebruynHulya Kolabas Photography
James Shanks PhotographyStargo
Pappas MironLucinda Symons Photography